It was a fun and loud day! (Shofar blowing will do that!)
Our 3rd and 4th graders learned about the various types of Shofar blasts that we hear at High Holy Day services and then made some beautiful Rosh Hashanah cards for their parents! Their bright cards were decorated with apples, pomegranates, shofars, and even beehives!
Rosh Hashanah cards created by 3rd and 4th graders.
The fifth grade students had the loudest classroom of the day! When I walked in, I saw four shofars, but it sounded like even more! I was amazed by the musical talents of our fifth graders! Rabbi Offner even noticed that some students were able to harmonize together! Not only did they get to practice their shofar blowing, but the fifth graders also discussed why Rosh Hashanah seems to come at different times during the early fall. Do you know why? If not, ask a 5th grader, but they know now! Here's a little hint...
The sixth graders played a fun game in which they broke into groups and thought of different words related to Rosh Hashanah and challenged each other to see who could come up with more words that others hadn't thought of. I heard the words "sweet", "forgiveness", and "sins" among others. What words come to mind to you when you think of the holidays? The students were also lucky enough to head outside and practice their ability to sound like a shofar! Do you know what Tekiah, Shevarim, Teruah, and Tekiah Gadolah sound like? Take a listen below if you aren't sure or just ask a 6th grader to demonstrate!
I was very impressed by the 7th grade class! They were reading the Avenu Malkeinu when I first walked into the classroom as they were looking at the prayers that we recite on Rosh Hashanah to better understand what they will be doing when they attend services this coming week. They also spent some time learning various vocabulary words for the High Holy Days. (By the way, 7th graders, your homework is to review those vocabulary words!) 7th graders know A LOT about Rosh Hashanah!
As you prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashanah in the next few days, remember that you are part of a bigger community than just TBT. People all over the world will be celebrating as we do! I look forward to seeing at services if you are planning and able to attend at TBT. How ever you celebrate, please have a sweet and happy New Year!
This clip was shot in a Masai village in Masai Mara reserve (Kenya) in ROSH HASHANA 2007. The horn is of a kudu.
-Miss Nancy Kahrimanis